Sunday, July 3, 2011

A morning of purple and pollinators

I tend to think of hot colored blooms in mid-summer (flame acanthus, firespike, tithonia's velvety orange, pride of barbados), but when I looked out this morning, my front garden was dominated by cool purple flowers. Most striking of all is the sage bush (did we have a drop in barometric pressure last night? they're in full bloom all over town).

Below: a bee in the sage; another bee mid-flight choosing between sage and chaste tree blooms, another favorite with pollinators; and a moth on the wild Mexican petunias.
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Eggplant flower; russian sage; and blackie sweet potato vine.
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Close-up of chaste tree flowers; more sage bush; and wildflowers (ironweed?) on this morning's walk at Walnut Creek.
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2 comments:

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Oh to have a green thumb like yours. I bet all your flowers and plants just sigh when you walk by them you take such awesome care of them. Wonderful and simply gorgeous!

Amy said...

Aww, thanks Vanessa! I'm still learning to become a better caretaker, but choosing native plants really helps (you only have to baby them the first few months, then they just do their thing for years!).